LA Rams news: 2019 offensive line woes have a 2020 silver lining

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LA Rams News: Offensive line suffered injuries and post-season surgeries to all five starters. Now, those OL woes have a silver lining

The LA Rams offensive line suffered injuries at a pace seldom seen in the team’s history. In fact, all five starting linemen were either injured in 2019, had post-season surgery, or both. That led to deep disappointment over the team’s 2019 results and set up an even greater disappointment from many fans who felt that the team failed to adequately address the situation in the draft.

Of course, for every argument, there is an equally persuasive counter-argument. For each “the Rams need to draft offensive linemen”, there exists the perfectly logical rebuttal “How would the same persons who drafted four linemen in the past two years do any better in 2020?”.   And based on the circumstances, either or both arguments could be correct.

The one component that plagues the LA Rams offense right now is the uncertainty of the offensive line play for 2020. If the line plays well, rookie running back Cam Akers will run well. Similarly, a solid offensive line play for 2020 means that franchise quarterback Jared Goff will get his mojo back, and will light up the air as he had in 2017 and 2018 when his touchdown to interception ratio was better than three-to-one.

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Beyond the 2019 injuries which ended the season for three of the five Rams offensive line starters, the remaining two players: Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe, simply played through the injuries and pain. That’s enough to create a whirlwind of uncertainty for fans to face in 2020 out of the disappointment from the 2019 season.  Uncertainty, but not doom.